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Appalachian Trail Conservancy Headquarters

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Address: 799 Washington St, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-6998
Phone Number: +1 304-535-6331
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The main visitor center for the Appalachian Trail and one of the most...

The main visitor center for the Appalachian Trail and one of the most famous landmarks on the entire 2,190-mile national scenic trail. It's considered the 'psychological half-way point' on the Appalachian Trail. All are welcome, from tourists to "thru-hikers" walking the entire trail. The center has exhibits, a gift shop where you can purchase maps, books, and souvenirs. A 10-foot 3D map shows the entire East Coast, with a miniature replica trail shelter built into the back side. A hiker lounge offers long-distance hikers a place to relax and recharge, with cold and hot drinks available. A collection of more than 25,000 photos of hikers taken since 1979 is one of the most unique features. Those intent on walking the entire A.T. will have their photo added to the collection, but anyone can take a photo of themselves out in front on the sign for a memorable snapshot. By visiting Harpers Ferry, you'll have already started the 14-state challenge, which encourages hikers to visit one location in each of the Trail's 14 states. If you visit lower town historic Harpers Ferry just a half mile away and walk across the footbridge over the Potomac River, you'll have already completed two states.

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If you are in the area or are at all interested in the Appalachian trail this is a great place to get information and see a scale size 3D map of the entire hike.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Bryan T
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Florida
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are in the area or are at all interested in the Appalachian trail this is a great place to get information and see a scale size 3D map of the entire hike.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While on vacation last week in Harper's Ferry and Skyline Drive, my husband and I stopped at the Conservancy. Our niece had completed the trail 2 years ago as a "thru hiker." When we mentioned this, the young man explained that the large binders on the shelves contained information about hikers who had come thru. After giving him a timeframe... More 

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Park Forest, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

Lots of information. The volunteer was very enthusiastic and offered us different options for walking the Appalachian Trails. Even though we were just sightseeing for the day, we plan to hike the trail someday soon.

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Mechanicsville, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Arrived yesterday and planned to hike today. Got some good hiking advice from the gentlemen at the front desk. Very friendly folks.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The Conservancy Head Office is an essential place to visit if you are either hiking/planning to hike/or just interested in the Trail itself. Staff extremely helpful in a number of ways; relief model informative; welcome stopover for through hikers.

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1 Thank Elizabeth H
Copley, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Nice helpful sales clerks and nice selection of t-shirts, hats, magnets, books etc with Appalachian Trail logos. They were nice enough to offer us parking here for our group so we could hike on the C&O towpath and have dinner at the Potomoc Grill as parking is very limited in the lower town.

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Newark, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

We went in the center to get information and maps of the area. The attendants were pleasant, well informed, and very helpful.

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1 Thank Allen B
Asheville, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

If you are in Harpers Ferry and are familiar with the AT or want to know about it, this stop is worth the effort. The small building includes pictures, maps and information about the Appalachian Trail. The staff are more than willing to answer any questions. Items purchased in the gift shop help support the trail.

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1 Thank Tom1925
Penrith, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

Enthusiastic and helpful staff/docents were happy to explain and guide us even though we were very obviously not walkers.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

I have been a member of the New York New Jersey conference for over 40 years. It was formed in 1920 and started the Appalachian Trail two years later. It's still maintains this trail in New York and in New Jersey, maintaining over 2100 miles of trail in those two states. This building is one of several major repositories of... More 

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